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Early Childhood Education and Training Program

Child Day Care Orientation

The Office of Children and Family Services provides support for people and organizations that are interested in starting child day care programs in their communities. As a general rule, any child day care program planning to serve three or more children for more than three hours a day on a regular basis must obtain a license or registration. To obtain this document, the applicant must show that the child day care program meets requirements that the state has established to help promote the health and safety of children in care.

In order to obtain an application to apply for a child care program license or registration potential child care providers will first need to take Child Day Care Orientation. This orientation will walk prospective providers through the information they need to know to determine if they are interested and able to start a child care program in New York State.

PLEASE NOTE: By viewing this course here you will NOT be able to request an application at the end of the course. If you are viewing in a group setting your facilitator will need to make the request for an application on your behalf. If you wish to view the course and submit an application please go to the OCFS website at

09/25/19 update on Comprehensive Background Checks

Beginning September 25th, 2019 child care providers in a child day care center, small day care center, school-age child care program, group family day care home, or family day care will be subject to comprehensive background checks.

Watch this video to learn more: Comprehensive Background Checks for Licensed/Registered Child Care Individuals.

Technical Requirements

Welcome to Child Day Care Orientation.

For best results:

  • Use speakers or headphones to listen to the audio.
  • Internet Explorer 8 or greater is the recommended web browser.

Before you begin, here are a couple of quick tips:

  • Each video will open on a new page.
  • Be sure to click the play icon and watch the entire video.
  • If you have questions regarding this Orientation, please contact your Regional Office.

Find Out If You Need to be Licensed or Registered to Provide Child Day Care in New York State